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Arts on 40th Street

Information about West Philadelphia artistic opportunities is provided by the 40th Street Community Arts Collective, a new group that grew from the Arts Task Force of the Friends of 40th Street.

The 40th St Community Arts Collective (40COAC) is committed to the proposition that the arts can profoundly change and enrich our community. With 40th Street as our symbolic center, we are a collective of local artists, arts organizations, arts educators, arts venues, arts businesses, and other organizations that recognize that the arts are a necessary part of a creative and healthy neighborhood and economy. We work collaboratively to effect change while maintaining the diversity of our neighborhood.

Our goals are:

•  To support and promote artists and arts-related activities, arts education, and arts retail, in a West Philadelphia community broadly defined as the Schuylkill River to 52nd St to the west, and the River to Parkside on the north.

•  To attract new artists, arts organizations, and audiences to the neighborhood.

•  To create and support artistic activities that maintain an inclusive, diverse community.

We accomplish our goals by:

  • Collaborative planning
  • Joint programming
  • Joint fundraising, marketing and audience development
  • Joint artistic creation
  • Networking in our community and across Philadelphia

The group has burgeoned in size because of recent successes as well as new arts activity in West Philadelphia. Representatives from the following organizations are involved:

40th St Artists in Residence
ArcheDream for HumanKind
Ars Nova Workshop
Art on the Avenue Gallery
Calvary Center for Culture and Community
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Community School at Penn Alexander and Sayre
CSP Printing
Curio Theatre Company
Drexel University
East Africa Resource Center
Fabric Workshop
International House Philadelphia
Lancaster Corridor Group
People's Emergency Center Community Development Corporation
Penn Praxis
Scribe Video Center
The Enterprise Center
The Rotunda
University City Arts League
University City District
University of Pennsylvania
University of the Sciences

To learn more about the group, please contact Andrew Zitcer at the University of Pennsylvania at awz@pobox.upenn.edu.

More University City Artistic Opportunities

40th Street Artists in Residence

Ars Nova Workshop

Calvary Center for Culture and Community

Center for Community Partnership - Arts Initiatives

Community Education Center

Curio Theatre Company

East Africa Resource Center

People's Emergency Center

Scribe Video Center

The Rotunda

University City Arts League

University City District


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